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This collection consists of a variety of small press zines and pamphlets published by anarchists and anti-authoritarians. The items in this collection focus primarily on tactical, strategic, and organizational themes, reflecting the shared knowledge and experiments created by anarchists over the past several years. The zines are reflections and accumulations of knowledge forged in the streets, in collective projects, at anarchist spaces, and in conversation.



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by The Imagination Justice Front
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This is a mini-zine that functions as a pocket-sized guide to protesting. It provides basic information in an easy-to-distribute zine, covering topics such as what to bring (clothing, food, water, etc), what not to bring (drugs, alcohol, piercings, etc), what you will encounter at a larger protest (i.e. affinity groups and other concepts such as âdiversity of tacticsâ), and more. There is also a list of websites for more detailed information on the topics covered.
Topics: anarchism, protest, protesting, protests
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by Anonymous
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This is a more recent (2014?) introduction to the topic of blockades. It begins with an introduction to blockades and a consideration of why one might want to utilize a blockade as a tactic, including a brief look at their recent usage. From there it moves into the practical aspects of creating a blockade, looking at scouting, roles during a blockade, supplies, entry and exit strategies, and more. The zine comes out of the blockades against various oil pipelines in North America and as such it...
Topics: zine, zines, blockades, blockade, direct action, protest, tactics
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by May Day Collective
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A list of 12 alternatives to calling the police, premised on the idea that "strong communities make police obsolete".
Topics: zine, zines, police, poster, posters
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by Plan B Institute
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This provocative text from Europe looks at âthe Metropolisââdefining it and engaging with it criticallyâto discuss new forms of resistance and âforms of lifeâ. It explores sabotage, insurrection, and what the authors describe as âthe biopolitical strikeâ as weapons that can be used in this era. It offers important points for discussion and for developing an understanding of how capitalism and resistance function in the modern era.
Topics: zine, zines, theory, capitalism
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by August O'Clairre
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This zine offers an excellent critique of prisons, arguing that prison is not just a physical site but also a condition that exists within society. Specifically, it offers a solid analysis of prison abolition, arguing that in seeking to "shrink" the prison industrial complex, abolitionists often end up replacing prison with other less brutal institutions. Consequently, prison doesn't disappear but rather its mechanisms â surveillance, militarization of the police, etc â spread...
Topics: prison, zine, zines, prisons, anarchist, prison abolition
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by Institute for the Study of Insurgent Warfare
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This text from the Institute for the Study of Insurgent Warfare begins from the premise that anarchists in the United States are at an impasse. With the decline of Occupy and the simultaneous increase of class conflict around the world, anarchists are struggling to intervene in relevant way and are struggling once again with the question âwhat is to be done?â This zine argues that anarchists should reconceptualize their efforts in terms of insurgency and move beyond the realm of activism. It...
Topics: zine, zines, anarchism, insurgency, politics, activism
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by Crimethinc
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This guide by Crimethinc is a concise introduction to âdirect action.â Covering what it is and what it can be used for, the guide focuses on the practical aspects of how to undertake a direct action. It covers a wide range of topics including planning an action, preparation, scouting, media, legal support, and more. It's essential reading for those new to anarchist direct action.
Topics: zine, zines, direct action, crimethinc, protest, street tactics
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This zine was compiled for the Earth First! Trans' and Womyn's Action Camp in 2009. It is a basic overview of anti-oppression principles. It explores white privilege, male privilege, gender, transphobia, homophobia, ablism, classism, and ageism.
Topics: zine, zines, anti-oppression, race, racism, gender, homophobia, earth first
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This zine is a reprint of an article that originally appeared in the anarchist magazine "Rolling Thunder" and that was subsequently republished in the anthology "Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism." It offers a solid and devastating critique of ally politics, relating both personal experiences and examples of the limits of ally politics alongside larger political arguments. It is a very important piece and one that should be read and...
Topics: zine, zines, ally politics
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Gunshot wounds are becoming more common at demonstrations. This is not to say you should panic—millions of people have participated in demonstrations over the past four months, while only dozens have been shot. Still, as political conflict escalates in the United States, it is important to think about how we can care for and protect each other. The good news is that even if you have no medical training, there are things you can do to maximize the likelihood that a person who is shot in your...
Topics: protests, demonstration, safety
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A Practical Guide To Prisoner Support is a good introduction to providing support to prisoners. The zine mainly focuses on giving tips on how to write to prisoners, including what to say (and what not to say) and what to expect.
Topics: prisons, prisoners, prisoner support, zine, zines, political prisoners
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This guide is published by the excellent website AworldWithoutPolice.org which has as its goal the complete abolition of the police. To that end, this pamphlet provides an excellent introduction to the problem of the police (exploring their history and reasons for existing), as well as offering many specific suggestions for moving towards a world without police. The discussion centers a strategy of disempowering, disarming, and disbanding the police with practical ideas of what that could look...
Topics: zine, zines, police, policing
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by Bite Back Magazine
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This zine provides basic tips on doing prison support for prisoners associated with the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Of course, the tips -- from explaining what to write (and what not to write) in letters to prisoners to ideas for sending books to prisoners. A good, short, basic overview.
Topics: zine, zines, prisons, prisoner support, political prisoners, alf, animal liberation front
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by Various
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A collection of zines on abortion and abortion rights.
Topics: abortion, zines, pro-choice
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This zine presents a strong critique of the political identity of "ally" and the activists who have built an "ally industrial complex" based on their anti-oppression credentials. Written from the context of indigenous struggles, this zine criticizes and explains several different types of "allies": those who wish to "save" oppressed people, those who wish to use oppressed people to advance their own interests, academics, self-proclaiming allies, and more....
Topics: indigenous, protest, direct action, anti-oppression
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by Crimethinc
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This zine is a very good analysis of the impasse that seems to exist within the anarchist space around assault and abuse. Starting from where we are at now with a thoughtful discussion of the limits and failures of accountability processes, the zine presents an insightful account of where we are at and where the problems exist. In many cases, the criticisms are very insightful, even if the conclusions arenât always the most comforting. In response to the current impasse, the zine presents some...
Topics: anarchism, accountability, consent, sexual assault
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This guide provides a nice introduction to anarchist affinity groups. Affinity groups are small groups of friends who know and trust each other deeply and who have a desire to undertake a shared project of some kind (whether that be an action or a publication). This guide provides background information on the advantage of affinity groups, suggestions for participating in an affinity group, and working with other affinity groups. There are discussions of tactics, security culture, and decision...
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, anarchism, crimethinc
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This zine explores the after-math of the militant clashes at the 2009 NATO Summit in Strasbourg, France. It is a multi-contributor zine exploring the topic of ârevolutionary strategy and emotions.â As a starting point, the zine includes an article that critiques some of the militant posturing and the attitudes of some participants within the black bloc to make a larger critique about the fetishization of militancy in anarchist circles. Following the essay, there are a series of responses that...
Topics: zine, zines, nato, strategy, black bloc, black blocs, anarchist
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by Crimethinc
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This is the introductory piece to a collection of essays by Crimethinc that examine the rise and fall of social movements and how anarchists respond to this phenomenon. It is an important exploration that offers ideas on how to position ourselves in relation to social struggles, how to participate, how to anticipate future struggles, and what to do in the low points between highly visible and broader struggles. The other three zines in the series look at Occupy Oakland, the upheavals in...
Topics: zine, zines, anarchism, social movements, occupy
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by Crimethinc
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The second zine in the "After the Crest" series explores the rise and fall of Occupy Oakland. Its a thorough overview of anarchist participation in Occupy Oakland that offers helpful ideas and lessons that can be applied anywhere.
Topics: zine, zines, occupy oakland, occupy, anarchist
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by Crimethinc
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The third zine in the "After the Crest" series explores anarchist participation in upheavals and social struggles in Barcelona, Spain during the years 2010-2012. While the context always varies from location to location, this zine is written in a way that offers a lot of valuable insight for anarchists who find themselves participating in social struggles in which they may not be the dominant tendency.
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, crimethinc, spain, barcelona
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by 2013
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The fourth zine in the "After the Crest" series looks at the student strike of 2012 that took place in Montreal, Canada. Anarchists were heavily involved in the struggle and this essay explores the ways in which anarchists participated, what they gained, what they lost, and what could have been done better. As with other zines in the series, it is written in such a way that at least some of the lessons learned can be used in drastically different contexts.
Topics: zine, zines, crimethinc, anarchist, quebec, student strike, montreal
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This zine provides a detailed critique of social media/social networks and the role that they play in contemporary capitalism. Rather than just focusing on the particulars of social networking platformsâfor example on Facebookâs mining of personal dataâthis text explores how these networks embody the ideologies of capitalism, democracy, and citizenship. In addition to the more theoretical arguments, the text also examines the impossibilities of using these platforms as a way of bringing down...
Topics: zine, zines, social networks, social media, internet, capitalism
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This short zine is a compilation of two articles from the United Kingdom, âDeath to Assembliesâ and âWe Don't Want a Mass Organisationâ. The articles present a basic critique of assemblies as a form of leftism that seeks to manage and flatten struggles. The zine does a good job of highlighting the limits of âmass organizations,â âassemblies,â âmovements,â and âdirect democracy.â In place of these forms, the zine argues for vibrant self-organized and informal efforts. The articles...
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, anarchism, assemblies, organizing
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In this article (originally published in LIES: A Journal of Materialist Feminism), Jackie Wang explores the ways in which the politics of innocence serves to limit social struggle. Particularly as it relates to police murders of black people, that one have the identity of an âinnocent victimâ is often assumed as pre-condition for resistance. People who are killed by police but who donât fit this role, are often ignored by liberal organizations and the public at large. But such appeals â...
Topics: zine, zines
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by Stuart Schrader
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This zine consists of an essay by Stuart Schrader that critiques the concept of community policing. The essay argues that âcommunityâ and âpolicingâ are both negative forces and that they rely on each other. There can be no âcommunityâ control of the police, as the police need âcommunityâ to delineate âtrustworthyâ groups of people. The text presents a strong criticism of community and argues that the process of dividing people into different groups â or communities â is a process...
Topics: zine, zines, police, policing, community policing
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This is an updated version of the âHomes Not Jails Building Occupation Guideâ. It features a guide to occupying buildings based on the experience of Homes Not Jails out of the Bay Area along with a history of the SF Commune at 888 Turk. In addition, there is a guide to urban land occupations under the title âOccupy The Farm: A Practical Guide to Seizing and Winning Land.â In this new edition there is another essay titled âTake It Back!!! Capturing Land Resources to Build the...
Topics: zine, zines, squatting, squats
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Three essays on red nationalism
Topics: communism, socialism, zines, tankies, the left
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by Black Cross Health Care Collective
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In this zine, the Black Cross Collective out of Portland provides a basic overview of first aid and health concerns as they relate to militant protests. The zine includes a "protest fashion" section on what to wear and what not to wear to a protest, an overview of medical conditions you may encounter at a protest (and how to help folks), and dealing with pepper spray and tear gas.
Topics: zine, zines, street medics, protest, first aid, direct action
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by Anarchist Black Cross Dresden / Sprout Distro
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This guide aims to be a concise overview on information security for anyone in emancipatory struggles against structures of power. It represents assembled knowledge and best practices from personal experience, conversations with hackers and fellow activists, hacker conferences, and university courses on computer security and cryptography. Nonetheless, the best security is sharing skills with trusted people.
Topics: activism, zine, zines, information security, security, privacy
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This zine consists of two essays written in the context of the anarchist space in Spain, âCommunique for Anarchist Actions in Barcelona and Response to the Nihilist Comrades.â The essays offer a critique of nihilist activities in Spain and elsewhere, arguing that nihilists have a limited vision of what it will take to destroy the state, capital, patriarchy, and other systems of domination. The writings are offered as an act of solidarity and the author(s) are not interested in simply...
Topics: anarchism, nihilism, anarchy, barcelona, spain, zines, zine
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This zine is an excellent introduction to making your own herbal medicines with plants that you forage yourself in the wild. It features an essay explaining the importance of making our own medicine and then outlines how to make several different types of herbal medicines. These include infusions, decoctions, salves, syrups, infused oils, tinctures, glycerites, etc.
Topics: zine, zines, herbalism, herbs, diy, medicine, foraging
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by Kristian Williams and Crimethinc
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This zine features an essay by Kristian Williams titled "Anarchism and the English Language" in which Williams criticizes many of the ways in which anarchists chose to communicate their ideas through written language. Williams criticizes the use of vague phrases, specialized language, rhetorical inflation, and more. It's a very good consideration of the topic. The zine also features a brief piece by Crimethinc which questions some of Williams recommendations. Together, they make for...
Topics: anarchism, zine, zines, writing
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This zine is a short introduction to the anarchist principles of direct action, voluntary cooperation, and mutual aid. It differentiates anarchism from the political philosophies of "the left" and argues for the separation of anarchist strategies and thought from "the left." The original essay was written by Lawrence Jarach and titled "Instead of a Meeting: By Someone Too Irritated to Sit Through Another One"
Topics: zine, anarchism, anarchist, anarchy, political theory, theory, zines
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by The Tuesday Night Study Group
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This pamphlet by "The Tuesday Night Study Group" is a pamphlet put out by a long-standing anarchist study group in the Bay Area of California. The pamphlet explains how they decide what they are going to read, how they facilitate discussion, how to decide on logistic matters (where to meet, how often to meet, how to get people involved, etc). It's a helpful pamphlet for those who want an easy and worthwhile anarchist project to start in their area.
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, anarchism
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Starting from the premise that if police or investigators had a solid, air-tight case against you complete with irrefutable evidence of your wrongdoing they wouldn't be talking to you, this zine goes on to provide a detailed overview of many common tactics police use when questioning people. The subtitle basically says it all: "staying free by shutting the f--k up!"
Topics: zine, zines, legal, anarchist
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by zine, zines, anarchist, standing rock, organizing, direct action
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This zineâpublished by 1312 Pressâis a transcript of an interview that appeared on the anarchist radio program The Final Straw. The interviewee is an anarchist and a long-term participant in the Standing Rock encampment. The conversation looks at the role that anarchists played at Standing rock, with a particular emphasis on providing insight into what actions are needed to meaningfully support Indigenous struggles against extraction and ongoing land theft. The wide-ranging interview covers a...
Topic: 1312 Press / Final Straw Radio
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by Crimethinc
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This zine by Crimethinc is a classic examination of the role that alcohol plays in the anarchist space. It features a critique that looks at how alcohol use (and abuse) within the anarchist space fosters apathy, connects with patriarchy, and blunts revolutionary efforts. A second essay looks at the role that alcohol and intoxication has played in the creation of civilization. Highly recommended!
Topics: zine, zines, anarchism, alcohol, sobriety, straight edge
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by A Murder of Crows
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This is an older interview with some insurrectionary anarchists that was published in the zine A Murder of Crows. It presents a basic overview of the set of ideas known as âinsurrectionary anarchismâ and presents some solid critiques of the âactivistâ and âleftistâ politics. There is a lot of challenging material in this text and plenty of fodder for discussion and reflection. Even ten years after its publication, this is still a worthwhile text as the pull of leftism and activism...
Topics: zine, zines, anarchy, insurrectionary anarchosm
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An excellent introduction to computer security. Provides easy to follow step-by-step directions for people of all skill levels, looking specifically at how to be more anonymous and more secure. Crucial reading!
Topics: zine, zines, computers, technology, security, privacy, anonymity
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This zine is a critique of âinsurrectionalismâ as it was practiced in Barcelona circa 2014. While this may seem like a bit of an esoteric topic, the textâs critique raises a lot of questions that are worth considering for anarchists who identify with the insurrectionary current (and even those who donât). The discussion of repression and insurrectionary responses to it is particularly worthwhile, as its discussion of the limits of certain insurrectionary approaches and ideas. It has a...
Topics: zine, zines, anarchy, anarchism, insurrectionary
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This zine explores the politics, practices, and histories of fascism and militant resistance with an emphasis on gender. It examines the gendered dimensions of contemporary far-right movements and anti-fascist struggles; presents a history of women’s participation in anti-fascist resistance in the twentieth century; and considers the challenges and possibilities for developing an explicitly feminist anti-fascism.
Topics: zine, zines, antifascism, feminism, gender
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This is a classic essay from the 1970s that argues against idea of "mass" organizing in favor of focusing on the primacy of the collective. From the introduction: "The uniqueness of developing collectives is their definitive break with all hierarchic forms of organization and reconstructing of a classless society." Despite its age, this zine offers important considerations and arguments for organizing collectives.
Topics: anarchism, anarchist, collectives, organizing, zine, zines
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Sub-titled âAffinity, Informal Organization, and Insurrectional Projectsâ this zine explores the topic of affinity and informal organization. The author(s) argue that informal organizations based on affinity are the ideal ways of acting as anarchist because they overcome the limits of qualitative projects and organizations that exist as ends in and of themselves. Incorporated into the text are criticisms of formal organizations and discussions of what exactly affinity means.
Topics: zine, zines, anarchism, affinity groups, insurrectionary anarchy, organizing
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by Billboard Liberation Front
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A classic pamphlet by the Billboard Liberation Front, this zine provides an introduction to modifying billboards to change their message (sometimes referred to as "culture jamming" or "subvertising"). It includes a very detailed section on how to do this ranging from ideas for design to discussion on how to climb billboards. The zine also has a history of the Billboard Liberation Front.
Topics: zine, zines, direct action, advertising, culture jamming
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by Billboard Liberation Front
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A classic pamphlet by the Billboard Liberation Front, this zine provides an introduction to modifying billboards to change their message (sometimes referred to as "culture jamming" or "subvertising"). It includes a very detailed section on how to do this ranging from ideas for design to discussion on how to climb billboards. The zine also has a history of the Billboard Liberation Front.
Topics: direct action, protest, billboard liberation, subvertising, subversion
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Ask First!: Resources for Supporters, Survivors, and Perpetrators of Sexual Assault is a collection of resources dealing with the topic of assault and abuse. It explores consent, the dynamics of abuse, how to be a responsible partner, how to support survivors, resources for survivors, and resources for perpetrators.
Topics: zine, consent, sexual assault
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This is a classic text of what is called âinsurrectionary anarchismâ â still as relevant as when it was written over a decade ago. Itâs a poetic and impassioned indictment of the existent and a call to chose life over a passive (and pacified) existence. Alongside scathing critiques of the way things are, the text hints at the way things could be â if we shed our chains and act. Throughout the text the anonymous author presents a critique of the left, classical anarchist practices, and...
Topics: zine, zines, insurrectionary anarchism, anarchism
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The Ukrainian anarchist Maria Nikiforova played a prominent role in the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the subsequent Civil War as an organizer, military commander, and terrorist. A revolutionary from the age of 16, she was on trial for her life on four separate occasions under three different regimes and was sentenced to death twice. Her exploits became the stuff of folklore. But she was âblacklistedâ by official historians and her story was lost for generations.
Topics: history, anarchist, anarchism
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This zine compiles four "how to" guides written by ACTIVATE out of Grand Rapids, MI. The guides provide basic information on how to do banner drops, stencils, wheatpasting, and distributing information.
Topics: zine, zines, stencils, banner drops, wheatpasting, wheatpaste, direct action
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A very detailed zine that provides an excellent introduction to blockading. The zine covers everything from evaluating why you might want to utilize a blockade as a tactic to the nuts-and-bolts of blockading. It provides an overview of common tactics including lockboxes, tripods, u-locks, and more. There is a helpful discussion of how to plan actions covering surveillance of the target, group communication, framing the action, safety considerations, etc. There are also thoughts on dealing with...
Topics: zine, zines, blockade, blockades, blockading, direct action, lockdowns, protest, protests
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This zine gives an introduction to reconnaissance and scouting for planning actions of whatever kind. The zine goes into quite a bit of detail beyond just scouting a target or site of an action and also looks at stealth, tracking and camouflage. You can't argue with the author(s) assertion that "accurate information is the foundation of successful action planning."
Topics: zine, zines, direct action, protest
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Betrayal: A Critical Analysis of Rape Culture in Anarchist Subcultures analyzes the ways in which rape takes place, is talked about, and is dealt with in anarchist subcultures. It looks at how anarchists often seek to "silence" discussion of rape by limiting it and/or preventing it and how those who do take the risk to talk about rape are often attacked and ostracized. There is also a critique of âaccountability processesâ and how they are often applied. Betrayal is a very critical...
Topics: anarchist, anarchism, sexual assault, accountability
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This zine from the 1990s looks at anarchist approaches to housing beyond squatting, focuses mainly on cooperatives, collectives, and the idea of anarchist neighborhoods and temporary autonomous zones. It offers some good criticisms and thoughts on the subject.
Topics: anarchism, anarchist, zine, zines, housing, collectives, cooperatives
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This is an updated (2020) guide to using the black bloc tactic at demonstrations. It is presented as a comic covering the history, basics of the tactics, and recent lessons from the streets. The zine was originally written in the context of street protests in Portland, Oregon, but this version is suitable for distribution everywhere.
Topics: zine, zines, anarchism, protests, protest, direct action
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Blockade, Occupy, Strike Back is a zine version of a newspaper that was distributed by anarchists during the student strikes and social conflicts in Montreal during the winter and spring of 2012. The zine is a good primer on street tactics with pieces on forming crews, occupying buildings, security awareness, and tips for participating in militant street protests. This is great for distributing to newer folks and useful for those who have been around a bit longer as well.
Topics: anarchist, anarchists, zine, protest, street tactics, tactics, direct action
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by DAM Collective
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This zine is designed to give readers a basic overview of how to do blockades. It covers human blockades, either by linking arms or using tools such as lockboxes and u-locks, as well as non-human blockades.
Topics: zine, zines, protest, direct action, tactics, blockades
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This zine provides an overview of how to participate in and organize a black bloc. It covers basic tactics and logistics from "what to wear" to "what to do." The zine compiles two texts by Crimethinc: the original "Blocs, Black and Otherwise" from Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist Cookbook along with a text titled "Fashion Tips for the Brave" that provides additional ideas and tips for anonymity in within a black bloc.
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, direct action, black bloc, protest, protests, street tactics
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Bodyhammer is heavily influenced by the White Overalls movements in Europe and their creative use of body armor to neutralize the so-called "less lethal" weapons used by police to stop protests. The zine (itâs really more of a packet than a zine) looks at shield varieties and construction, shield deployment, helmets, body armor, group movement, and shield walls and formations.
Topics: protest, zine, zines, direct action
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by Crimethinc
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Subtitled "Inside the FBI Entrapment Strategy," this zine published by Crimethinc in 2012 looks at recent trends in FBI repression against social struggles. In particular, the zine argues that the FBI has shifted its focus away from targeting experienced anarchists and instead is focusing its efforts on entrapping newer and less experienced anarchists. The zine offers a good analysis of the history and development of this phenomenon, as well as some suggestions for how to stop it.
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, repression, entrapment, occupy wall street, fbi
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This zine provides an exciting account of the 2001 protests against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in Quebec City. It was one of the most militant of the anti-globalization protests.
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, ftaa, quebec city, free trade area of the americas, protests
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by Crimethinc
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As anarchists, we place considerable emphasis on consent and the framework of consent as a means of approaching our personal interactions. While this works well in some situations, is consent the best framework through which to analyze direct action tactics and strategy? This zine explores the topic, looking at how we define consent, power, and reality. It argues that a more fertile approach might be the politics of seduction and desire, illuminating new and previously unimagined possibilities...
Topics: zine, zines, consensus, organizing, anarchism, direct action
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This zine â originally published on the anarchist counter-information website Its Going Down â presents an analysis of the protests against the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland. Drawing on both events in the streets in 2016 and lessons gleaned from the past 16 years of convention protests, the zine argues that anarchists engage best with these events when they take the time to put in solid work towards mobilizing folks, providing infrastructure, and making plans. Still,...
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, anarchist, republican national convention, rnc, rnc protests
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This zine looks at the Seattle Solidarity Network--an organization that uses direct action to fight for the specific demands of tenants and workers. It's an interesting approach to anarchist "community organizing" and this zine offers a good overview of how to start such and organization while also delving into some of the strategic rationale that underlies their work. The zine covers everything including how to get started, what tactics seem to work well, how to run meetings, etc.
Topics: anarchist, organizing, anarchism, zine, zines, solidarity network, community organizing
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This zine provides an excellent overview on what a collective is, why you should organize one, how you do it, and what you do once the collective is formed. It offers a bunch of helpful ideas on everything from running meetings to communicating with other groups. It also includes several essays exploring different aspects of collectives, their history, and their power. Highly recommended!
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, anarchism, collectives, organizing
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This zine is an excellent introduction to fighting state repression. It covers the basics of what repression is, what happens when you are arrested, what to expect if you have to serve time, etc. Throughout the zine the author(s) repeatedly emphasize that fighting repression isn’t a solitary act and that it is something that is best done as a community (however we chose to define it). This is zine is definitely worth reading if you are new to experiencing state repression and is also a great...
Topics: zine, zines, repression, legal
Building is a comprehensive guide to hosting events as a means of creating radical communities. The zine primarily provides a thorough guide to creating spaces (whether they be opening your house or some other type of space) for hosting events. While it is primarily concerned with hosting musical events, the ideas for organizing and promoting could be used for any type of event. The zine is very much rooted in anarchist politics and offers tips on dealing with the police, creating "safer...
Topics: zine, zines, diy, organizing, concerts, do it yourself, house shows
The zine opens at a âlowâ period in the Seattle anarchist scene, and traces itâs rise over several months (winter 2010-2011) as they gain confidence in their ability to act together through a series of assemblies and combative demonstrations against the police. The role of anarchists during these demonstrations against a series of murders by the police is contextualized in the broader political context of Seattle. Contains an afterward of solidarity clandestine attacks after the ebb of the...
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Sub-titled "A FAQ on drug consumption at common activist spaces â camps, events, social centers, etc", this zine from Europe is designed to provoke a discussion about drug and alcohol use within activist spaces. It works as a rebuttal to many common objections about drug and alcohol use within radical political spaces.
Topics: anarchist, activist, protest, alcohol consumption, sobriety
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This Canadian zine provides a historical overview of the black bloc tactic and anarchists' use of it. It looks into the origins of the black bloc tactic in the Automen (Autonomist) squatting movement in the 1980s in Germany and its spread across Europe and to North America. In addition, the zine delves into the some of the philosophy underlying black blocs, talks about the concept of "diversity of tactics" and the need for militant resistance, and provides examples of black bloc...
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This zine is an exploration into the ways in which âlocalismâ is used to gloss over the negative aspects of contemporary capitalism. Most often, this is seen in the gentrification that is taking place in many mid to large-sized cities in the United States where boutique shops, breweries, and bistros are proliferating as part of a new âlocalâ economy.
Topics: capitalism, zine, zines, localism, gentrification
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Caught in the Web of Deception: And Other Writings on Anarchists and the Media explores the anarchist attitude towards the media. Rather than operating from the assumption that all media coverage is good media coverage, Caught in the Web of Deception argues that the media plays a critical role in propping up capitalist democracy and that as such anarchists should approach it as the enemy. This is an updated version of a pamphlet originally published by Venomous Butterfly and this version...
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Caught in the Web of Deception: And Other Writings on Anarchists and the Media explores the anarchist attitude towards the media. Rather than operating from the assumption that all media coverage is good media coverage, Caught in the Web of Deception argues that the media plays a critical role in propping up capitalist democracy and that as such anarchists should approach it as the enemy. This is an updated version of a pamphlet originally published by Venomous Butterfly and this version...
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Subtitled "A critique of anarchist organizing, and its worst contradictions, in the North American context," Chasing After Ghosts is a thorough critique of the anarchist milieu in the United States and Canada. Itâs a strong and realistic critique that collects a lot of criticisms that have been said it various places and weaves them into a single critique. Going back to the anti-globalization era, it looks at many different anarchist practices: Food Not Bombs, summit protests,...
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, anarchism, montreal, organizing, north america
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Chickweed is a zine published by an anarcho-feminist collective out of the U.K. Itâs a good introduction to herbalism. It covers common herbs, how to plant and harvest them, preserving them, basic cold and flu remedies, and more. A great starting place!
Topics: feminism, zine, zines, anarchist, herbalism, foraging, anarcha-feminism